We lost a lot of good minds out there yesterday. Over an injury to Kyle Drabek???
Seriously. Check the comments on the post about it.
I don’t quite know why that was the catalyst, but combined with a sweep at the hands of the Washington Nationals, Brandon Morrow’s injury, abandonment by Vlad Guerrero and the creeping sensation that this is just another season to be swallowed whole by the dark cloud that is the Jays’ Mediocrity Era, a lot of commenters began to come absolutely fucking unhinged.
Granted, those who comment here make up a pretty tiny portion of overall readership (sorry, RADAR), and many who do were fighting the good fight against the tyranny of saying ball-gobblingly absurd things, but given that Wilner has similarly felt the need to address the mood of the room in his latest at Sportsnet, I think it’s safe to say a lot of people are having these same feelings– these same ridiculous feelings.
Thing is, though, quite honestly, it makes my fucking head hurt to even contemplate going back into it more than I already have today– all this past winter’s battles about Rogers, payroll, timelines for contention, laughable horseshit who’s an apologist, saying fuck it and trading Bautista, and…
Good lord, it’s not that anybody is wrong to feel fucking sick of being told to wait until next year again, but it would be nice if a lot of people– before they commence wigging the fuck out, shitting on Rogers, on Anthopoulous, and on people telling them things they don’t like to hear– could take a second and think about all the reasons why it makes sense to be building the Jays the way they are, and why what we see and hear may not constitute more helpings of the same disgusting, unsatisfying Rogers-brand gruel we’ve been fed for years, not to mention that you might just have to live with some manner of ownership-created profit-based paramaters within which the front office must operate– you know, like every other fucking sports team ever.
It’s disappointing to think that the season may already be slipping away– especially feeling, as most of us do, that there’s truly enough talent on the Jays to at the very least, if they catch some breaks, hang around in the division and force baseball operations to acquire help for them at the trade deadline– but what this post presupposes is, maybe it’s not? And even if it is, maybe it doesn’t mean we’re resigned to eighteen more years of mediocrity?
I’ll let commenter El Duderino explain…
Your internal goal is your goal.
AA has steered clear from picking a year where the Jays will contend. You can make up your own goals but that does not mean it will happen. If the Jays don’t contend in 2013 then that means they won’t contend?
To say that it is not about the minor league system is a ridiculous statement in so many ways. It is about the minor league system. Building a strong system from the ground up with high ceiling talent generally produces good major league players. It goes hand in hand and eventually all that hard work will lead to success in the majors. It took all of the 80′s to build the Jays, it took Jon Daniels 5 years to turn the Rangers into a playoff team. It took the Rays and Nationals years of futility before they became good. And whats the common reason why each of these teams became good – their minor league system had high impact talent.
There is no easy fix here. JPR left the cupboard barren and the team full of really bad contracts. Its taken AA three years to climb out of that rubble. And yes its been 20 years of so called rebuilding but its also been 20 years of bad trades, poor farm systems and general mismanagement. AA deserves a little rope here given how much high impact talent he has added to the major and minor league roster in the last 3 years with 2 more high ceiling talents ready to take over in the next few months (Gose and D’Arnaud). Just to put it in a little perspective – the Jays got Morrow, Rasmus and Escobar for peanuts. The Jays called up a top 10 minor league talent last season (Lawrie) and they now have a top 5 minor league talent in AAA ready to be called up this year. When was the last time that happened?
Yes it sucks right now to lose, but there are lots of good things happening which eventually will turn Toronto into a contending team. I don’t know when but I do know know that the way its being done is the right way of doing it.